Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Back-to-school sales lag, a bad sign for holiday season

The Commerce Department released numbers today showing a poor back-to-school shopping season -- the second biggest season of the year.
Posted In: Retail

Rental car industry hit hard by economic downturn

Not long ago, the acquisition of Dollar Thrifty looked like an attractive option to rental car company Avis. Now, tough economic times have changed its mind.
Posted In: Travel

European debt problems have been brewing for months

The debt crisis worsens in Greece and experts fear it could turn into the next Lehman Brothers. But others think we might be jumping the gun, and that we aren't as unprepared this time around.
Posted In: Economy

What a Greek default could look like

The threat of a Greek default has been drawing comparisons to the disaster of Lehman Brothers in 2008. But what would a default really do to the rest of Europe?

While leaders try to reassure their people, Greeks worry for the future

The official word out across Europe is that Greece will not and can not default on its debt. But within the country, Greek people fear for their economy and the future of their children.

French banks downgraded amidst growing eurozone crisis

Because of their exposure to Greek debt, Moody's has downgraded two of France's biggest banks.

The difference between fiscal and monetary policy

A lot of suggestions are getting tossed around Washington on the best way to deal with the country's financial standstill. But what exactly is the difference between how Federal Reserve and Treasury can help?
Posted In: whiteboard

Big Three labor talks heat up under deadline pressure

Ongoing contract talks between the United Auto Workers and General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are rapidly approaching a deadline with no deals in sight.
Posted In: Auto

Retailers optimistic about holiday season

August sales numbers will give a good indication of what's ahead for stores in the winter.
Posted In: Retail

Bill Gates on the importance of energy research for the future

The American Energy Innovation Council is urging Congress to invest in research and development of new energy technologies. Bill Gates discusses the group's mission of making energy R&D a priority.
Posted In: Education, bill gates

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Anything New
Trav'lin' All Alone (Nickodemus & Zeb Remix)
Billie Holiday
Rollout (My Business) (Album Version (Edited)) [Clean]

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